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Cambridge is a historic city in England in, that is famous for being home to University of Cambridge, one of the leading academic institutions not only in the the UK, but in the entire world. As of the 2001 census, Cambridge had a population of 108,863 people, including 22,153 students.

Visitors to Cambridge can see the many historic colleges, walk along the river Cam, or take a punt (flat-bottomed bottom pushed along with a pole) on the "backs" (the area behind the colleges). There are also several fairs held annually in Cambridge, including the Cambridge Beer Festival (in May), the Midsummer Fair, the Strawberry Fair (first Saturday in June), the Cambridge Film Festival (in July), and the Cambridge Folk Festival.


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Here are some facts about Cambridge:
  1. Cambridge is a city in the East Anglia region of England.

  2. Cambridge is about 50 miles (80 kilometers) to the North of London.

  3. Cambridge is located on, and its gets name from, the River Cam.

  4. Cambridge is best-known internationally, and in the UK, for being the home of the University of Cambridge, which is one of the top universities in the world.

  5. Cambridge is also known for its high technology, computer, and software industries (many of which were founded by people associated with the university). As a result, the area is sometimes nicknamed "silicon fen".

  6. Parker's Piece, a 25 acre (100,000 m2) green space near the center of Cambridge, is widely regarded as the birthplace of assocation football (soccer), as it was here that the Cambridge Rules of 1848 were first used. The Cambridge Rules subsequently became the basis of the modern rules of soccer, when these were drawn up by the football association in 1863.

  7. Cambridge can be accessed by road using the M11 motorway, and the A14.

  8. Nonstop trains run regularly from Cambridge to London Kings Cross, and have a journey time of less than one hour.

  9. London Stansted Airport is within easy reach of Cambridge. It can be reached by train (from Cambridge or London), or by road, as it is located just off the M11 motorway between London and Cambridge.

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Greater Than a Tourist- Cambridge United Kingdom: 50 Travel Tips from a Local

By Jennifer Baines

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Are you excited about planning your next trip? Do you want to try something new? Would you like some guidance from a local? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this Greater Than a Tourist book is for you. Greater Than a Tourist – Cambridge, UK by Jennifer Baines offers the inside scope on the city of Cambridge in England. Most travel books tell you how to travel like a tourist. Although there is nothing wrong with that, as part of the Greater Than a Tourist series, this book will give you travel tips from someone who has lived at your next travel destination. In these pages, you will discover advice that will help you throughout your stay. This book will not tell you exact addresses or store hours but instead will give you excitement and knowledge from a local that you may not find in other smaller print travel books. Travel like a local. Slow down, stay in one place, and get to know the people and the culture. By the time you finish this book, you will be eager and prepared to travel to your next destination.

Fodor's Essential Great Britain: with the Best of England, Scotland & Wales (Full-color Travel Guide)

By Fodor's Travel Guides

Fodor's Travel
Released: 2018-12-18
Paperback (800 pages)

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Written by locals, Fodor’s Essential Great Britain is the perfect guidebook for those looking for insider tips to make the most out their visit to England, Scotland, Wales and beyond. Complete with detailed maps and concise descriptions, this Great Britain travel guide will help you plan your trip with ease. Join Fodor’s in exploring some of the most exciting parts of Europe.

Great Britain remains a perennial favorite with travelers who come for the busy streets of London, the cozy thatched-roof villages of the Cotswolds, and the wild moors and lochs of Scotland. From Edinburgh to Cardiff, discover worthwhile destinations and savvy travel tips with the full-color Fodor's Essential Great Britain. Our selective collection of the best of England, Scotland, and Wales will guarantee you make the most of your trip.

Fodor’s Essential Great Britain includes:

    •UP-TO-DATE COVERAGE: Fully updated top attractions and experiences in every region of Great Britain from Scotland to England to Wales―from cities to great castles to stately homes to quaint country villages―with plenty of new options for dining, lodging, shopping, and nightlife.
    •ULTIMATE EXPERIENCES GUIDE: A spectacular color photo guide highlights the ultimate unmissable experiences and attractions throughout Great Britain to inspire you.
    •PULLOUT MAP AND DETAILED MAPS: A handy PULLOUT map will help you navigate on the go. Full-color and full-size street maps throughout will help you plan efficiently and get around confidently.
    •GORGEOUS PHOTOS AND ILLUSTRATED FEATURES: Rich, full-color features invite you to experience the best of Great Britain. Colorful spotlight features on British food, Welsh castles, Roman relics, and more provide insight into contemporary life as well as the past.
    •ITINERARIES AND TOP RECOMMENDATIONS: Multiple sample itineraries to help you plan and make the most of your time. Includes tips on where to eat, stay, and shop as well as information about nightlife, sports and the outdoors. “Fodor’s Choice” designates our best picks in every category.
    •INDISPENSIBLE TRIP PLANNING TOOLS: Our Great Britain Planner offers transportation information and money-saving tips. Each city or regional chapter contains an orientation map that also highlights the top reasons to visit; a Planning section suggests best times to go and how to organize your trip within the region and get around. Throughout the guide, clear, easy-to-read maps show covered sights and key roads.
    •SPECIAL EVENTS COVERAGE: Every summer, the Edinburgh Festival draws lovers of music, theater, and comedy while Hogmanay is the most Scottish way to celebrate New Year’s Eve.
    •COVERS: London, Oxford, Cambridge, Bath, the Cotswolds, Stratford-upon-Avon, Manchester, Liverpool, Yorkshire, Wales, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Glencoe, Loch Lomond, Inverness, Loch Ness, Isle of Skye, and more.

ABOUT FODOR'S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's Travel Guide is researched and written by local experts. Fodor’s has been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for over 80 years.

Looking for more guides about Great Britain? Check out Fodor’s England, Fodor’s Scotland, and Fodor’s London.

Rick Steves Great Britain

By Rick Steves

Rick Steves
Released: 2018-05-08
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Rick Steves Great Britain
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Explore the misty isle of Great Britain, from lively London to the lush fields of Wales and the craggy beauty of the Scottish Highlands. With Rick Steves on your side, Great Britain can be yours!

Inside Rick Steves Great Britain you'll find:
  • Comprehensive coverage for spending two weeks or more exploring England, Wales, and Scotland
  • Rick's strategic advice on how to get the most out of your time and money, with rankings of his must-see favorites
  • Top sights and hidden gems, from Stonehenge and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre to whisky distilleries and corner pubs
  • How to connect with culture: Try haggis or a Scotch pie, catch a show in SoHo, or chat with locals in a cozy Welsh tavern
  • Beat the crowds, skip the lines, and avoid tourist traps with the help of Rick's candid, humorous insight
  • The best places to eat, sleep, and relax with a pint
  • Self-guided walking tours of charming villages and historic sites and museums
  • Detailed maps for exploring on the go
  • Useful resources including a packing list, a historical overview, and recommended reading
  • Over 1,000 bible-thin pages include everything worth seeing without weighing you down
  • Complete, up-to-date information on London, Windsor, Cambridge, Bath, Glastonbury, Wells, Avebury, Stonehenge, Salisbury, South Wales, the Cotswolds, Stratford-upon-Avon, Ironbridge Gorge, Liverpool, the Lake District, York, Durham and Northeast England, Conwy, Caernarfon, Snowdonia National Park, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling, St. Andrews, Oban and the Inner Hebrides, Glencoe and Fort William, Inverness, Loch Ness, and more

Make the most of every day and every dollar with Rick Steves Great Britain.

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By Tim Rawle

The Oxbridge Portfolio Ltd
Released: 2017-05-19
Hardcover (204 pages)

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•An unusual and highly individual approach to the city, merging sprawling aerial shots with close-up and intimate studies of people, buildings, and interiors
•Each photograph bears the unmistakable stamp of Tim Rawle, an internationally acclaimed photographer for his Cambridge portfolio.

Cambridge is a city of contrasts. Both a small market town in the east of England and the home of an ancient university of world renown, it is at once provincial and universal in its appeal, local and international in outlook. But what made this place in a remote corner of England so attractive to those who first settled there? How did Town and Gown grow up together? How did Cambridge evolve into the bustling, university city it is today?

In the first part of this book, Tim Rawle gives a survey of the city's history from its very beginnings, with an underlying architectural viewpoint. A special section on the evolving layout of the university's colleges completes the story and shows how they have shaped the Cambridge townscape over the last 700 years. This colorful book overflows with a stunning collection of photographs taken by the author, who lives in Cambridge.

Oxford & Cambridge : an uncommon history

By Peter Sager

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A witty and detailed map of Oxbridge, presented through an encyclopaedic treasure trove of facts, figures, and anecdotes.

"If Oxford were not the finest thing in England," wrote Henry James, "the case would be clearer for Cambridge." No other private institutions have had a greater impact on England'sand, at times, worldhistory, yet in different ways. Oxford has spawned more prime ministers, Cambridge more Nobel laureates. In Oxford, so it is said, things are brilliantly formulated; in Cambridge, they are seriously thought through.

Ever since the Victorian novelist William Thackeray invented a mythical "Oxbridge," these two very distinctive institutions have increasingly presented a common face to the world, a homogeneous elite whose sense of duty has been surpassed only by its self-confidence. For almost 800 years, the twin capitals of the intellectual life of England have radiated their influence across the globe: not just political leaders, but the best spies Communism could recruit; not just church leaders, but the great heretics and reformers; and writers, scientists, and scholars of every description.

Peter Sager roams through the idyllic gardens and courtyards of Oxbridge, uncovers the secrets that lie behind the college gates, and supports his literary journey with color photographs and maps, a glossary, a list of useful addresses, and a guide to further reading. Oxford & Cambridge is a unique combination of travel guide, history, biography, and psychoanalysis of two towns that are not just places but states of mind. 63 illustrations, 47 in color.


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